The safety and security of all PVSchools students and staff is our highest priority. All district staff receive training in a variety of emergency scenarios.
In accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS), 15-341 (A) (31), PVSchools' emergency response plans have been developed by school and district teams to ensure that all schools meet emergency response preparedness guidelines established by the Arizona Department of Education, and the Arizona Division of Emergency Management.
Make an Anonymous Tip Online
PVSchools works with law enforcement to have all crimes investigated thoroughly. The community should never hesitate to call or email the school or law enforcement if they hear information that might pose a threat to our students or staff safety. Tips can also be submitted online through a portal that allows the tipster to remain anonymous.
PVSchools uses mass messaging to contact families with information about school related items as well as emergency situations. This messaging includes email, phone calls, and SMS text messaging.
If you are a parent or guardian, sign up to receive high-priority and emergency messages to include text messages.
- Make sure your mobile number is on file with your school via your student's emergency card. Student emergency cards are typically filled out online; however, upon request, the cards can be sent home at the beginning of each school year. If you have phone numbers (either home or mobile) that change during the year, reach out to your school and provide updated phone number information.
- Once your mobile number is entered into the student information system or anytime your mobile number is updated in the student information system, you will receive an automated text message from our emergency broadcast system asking you to opt-in to the text messaging feature. Please note that you can opt-out at any time, by simply texting the word STOP to 67587.
- If your mobile number is already on file with the district, you can opt-in at any time by texting the word YES to 67587.
- Please note, you must opt in each mobile number for your household in order to receive emergency broadcast alerts from your school or the district.
Due to FCC regulations, any time you change or add a mobile number, you will automatically get a new opt-in message from the district.
Please note: The district’s mass messaging system, does not charge any text message fees; however, wireless carriers typically do. Please contact your wireless carrier for more information about text messaging fees.
Safety at Mountain Trail Middle School
Bike, Skateboard and Other Safety
Students must walk bicycles on the school campus and at crosswalks at all times. While on school property, bicycles must be secured with a lock in the bike rack during the school day. The school assumes no liability for loss or damage of bikes or bike parts, skateboards, roller blades or scooters of any kind. Skateboards and scooters must be secured in the front office.
MTMS Discipline Policy
Mountain Trail Middle School (MTMS) follows the Disciplinary Action Chart of the Paradise Valley Unified School District.
Behavior issues may hinder a student's participation in extracurricular activities – such as field trips, sports, dances, etc., with administrative decision being final.
Campus Visit Procedures
For the safety and security of our students and staff, all visitors must check in at the front office and obtain a visitor’s badge. Students may not have guests on campus during school hours or during school activities such as dances and assemblies. Parent visitors and volunteers are always welcome. If you are interested in volunteering, please see the Principal’s Secretary.
Internet Safety Resources
The Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children (AZICAC) Task Force is comprised of investigators from City, County, State, and Federal Agencies. Special emphasis is placed on locating, prosecuting, and imprisoning people who intentionally exploit children. Lead by the Phoenix Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, the AZICAC Task Force diligently pushes to fulfill this goal with highly trained and professional investigators and cutting edge forensics and technology. Visit the AZICAC Task Force's website.
The best way to keep your kids safe online is to know what your children know. Visit the NetSmartz website for parents for tips and tools to help you monitor your child's online activity and not make your child feel as if you are spying on them.
The SERT Team (School Emergency Response Team) is a group of staff members that are highly trained in responding to emergency situations on campus. The goal is to provide a safe environment for staff and students in the event of an emergency. Every member of the SERT team has been specifically trained and certified through the Emergency Management Institute and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Each team member has a specific responsibility if the team is asked to mobilize in an emergency. The SERT team meets quarterly to look at data relative to fire drills, lock downs and other incidents involving the safety of staff and students. Mountain Trail has created an Emergency Response Plan to address any kind of emergency situation involving the welfare and safety of all students and staff.
SERT Team Members
Katie O'Boyle, Assistant Principal
Monica Bischof, Nurse
Joni Bell, Registrar
David Oakley, Facilities Coordinator
Margie Aardahl, Campus Assistant
Max Decker, School Resource Officer
School Resource Officer
Officer Max Decker, with the Phoenix Police Department, is our School Resource Officer at MTMS. Officer Decker is part of a statewide Safe Schools Grant that places police officers in schools to assist with the teaching and implementation of law related education. Mountain Trail is one of 18 schools district wide that were awarded this competitive grant. All together, the Paradise Valley Unified School District was awarded 16 officers for this grant cycle.
- American Red Cross: Disaster Preparedness
- Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
- National Association of School Psychologists: Promoting Compassion and Acceptance in Crisis
- National Association of School Psychologists: Coping with Crisis – Tips for Parents and Educators
- Department of Homeland Security: Active Shooter Information
- FEMA: Prepare, Plan and Stay Informed for Emergencies